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[Chromosomes] Re: Blond Child, Brownhaired Adult

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Tue Sep 5 01:50:19 EST 2006

<vjp2.at at at.BioStrategist.dot.dot.com> wrote in message 
news:edirbh$f9h$1 at reader2.panix.com...
>   What happens when a blond child has dark hair as an adult?  In the 
> largest
> Greek  parish in  the USA  (St Nik,  Flushing, NY)  half the  kids  going 
> for
> communion are  blond and both their  parents have black  hair.  ...

Look up the term "tow-head".  Actually, I just did, and it doesn't help.

Anecdotally... children will have very blond hair that may darken as they 
get older.

It is very common, and not very strange.  My mother was very blond as a 
child, but had brown hair when she died.  I thought that my hair would 
darken, but it has stayed a fairly fair red (also known as strawberry 
blond).  My siblings both have pale brown hair, which has turned gray by the 
time they were 40 (my sister keeps hers brunette with the use of hair dye).

Then I looked at my kids... all had blond hair as toddlers.  As teenagers 
one has light red hair (like me!), one has pale brown hair (like her aunt 
and uncle!), and one is still blond!

Anyway, check this out (though it is not very scientific), 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blond  .... with this quote:  "Blond hair is 
common in infants and children, so much so that the term "baby blond" is 
often used for very light-colored hair. Babies may be born with blond hair 
even among groups where adults rarely have blond hair, although such natal 
hair usually falls out quickly. Blond hair tends to turn darker with age, 
and many children born blond turn from anything between a light brown to 
even black before or during their teenage years." 

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